HALL OF FAME LOCK-O-METER
Who gets the automatic Hall call? Who should wait anxiously by the phone? Who might get left out in the cold? Here’s the 411 on the class of 2018
JUST A FORMALITY
The Hall used to allow supernovas to gain immediate entry upon retirement. MARTIN BRODEUR would have been ideal for that in 2015. He has 140 more wins than the No. 2 goalie, four Vezinas, three Cups, a Calder and two Olympic golds. He’s hockey royalty.
SPEED DIAL ON THE HALL’S
Hall of Fame or Hall of Very Good? The debate is moot, because plenty of other Hall of Very Good types have already been inducted. So why not DANIEL ALFREDSSON then? He has more than 1,000 points, won the Calder Trophy, finished top 10 in scoring three times, won Olympic gold with Sweden and is the Ottawa Senators’ longest-serving captain.
JEREMY ROENICK has been eligible since 2012. With 513 goals and 1,216 points, he’ll pop up on Hall candidacy lists for years to come. But he lacks any major individual hardware. His best chance at induction will come in a year without any obvious picks. That year could be 2019.
CHECKS OFF EVERY BOX
MARTIN ST-LOUIS’ resume screams Hall of Fame: two scoring titles, an MVP, three Lady Byngs, a Stanley Cup and Olympic gold. He also did some of his best work in the Dead Puck Era when few players as small as him were making big impacts.
Eligible yet? No. She just retired this year. But HAYLEY WICKENHEISER would have been part of that skip-the-three-yearwait group had the Hall not closed that loophole. Wickenheiser is surely the best female player ever, armed with four Olympic gold medals. She is Team Canada’s all-time scoring leader, too.
THE RODNEY DANGERFIELD PICK ALEXANDER MOGILNY gets no respect considering he was the first Soviet NHL defector, one of the first European NHL captains, better than a point-per-game player and proud owner of a 76-goal season. Mogilny was a sublime talent, but his enigmatic personality seems to have alienated him among the voters.